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Disgusting Parasite Of The Month

Thanks to science writer Carl Zimmer for highlighting this totally disgusting fish parasite. Read the description and check out the photo link if you dare.

“Parasites often choose very particular–and peculiar–places to live. This crustacean invades a fish’s mouth, devours its tongue, and takes the tongue’s place. It then acts like a tongue; the fish can use it to grip and swallow prey.”

The fish’s version of “has the cat got your tongue?”

In the mood for more creepy stuff? Check out my previous posts:

Spider bite


Rabid bat bite

Total body warts

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2 Responses to “Disgusting Parasite Of The Month”

  1. LeighAnnMyFamilyDoctorMag says:

    Oh … my … gosh. That is absolutely … disturbing. And the poor frogs.

    Ha! Thanks for one of the craziest links ever.

  2. RevJuicer says:

    that’s a very disturbing photo…

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